The Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards 2019

The Australian Women’s Weekly and AGL Energy has hosted the 7th annual Women of the Future​ (WoTF) awards ceremony at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House​.

The prestigious event, which celebrates some of the country’s most extraordinary young women who are making a difference, featured a topical and thought-provoking panel discussion between; Australian Banking Association chief executive officer, The Honourable Anna Bligh, TV and radio personality Amanda Keller, journalist Annabel Crabb, and the City of Sydney Councillor and former MP for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps, hosted by emcee Virginia Trioli.

The panel particularly highlighted the current controversy around women’s reproductive rights hotly playing out in Australia. Anna Bligh shared her admiration for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s “courage in taking this issue on.” She spoke of the shock she felt when she heard “a male journalist harangue the Premier about her personal reproductive history” – shocked by “the level of disrespect to her and to women in general…That’s when you know you’ve got a long way to go.”

Kerryn Phelps spoke of her experience as a General Practitioner. “As a GP, I have to work with women and their belief systems without judgement. The political system should also reflect that. This should be a health issue between a doctor and a woman. Politicians and the criminal justice system need to get out of the way.”

The panel also spoke about imposter syndrome and surviving and thriving through failure. “All too often, women pay a higher price for failure,” Anna Bligh said.

The ​Australian Women’s Weekly AGL WoTF patron, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, announced her retirement as Patron this year, following seven years of service to Women of the Future. Dame Quentin passed the Patron baton to long-time friend Elizabeth Broderick AO who will take up service from 2020. Our longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and United Nations Special Rapporteur, her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to widespread cultural reform. Elizabeth is one of the most inspiring champions of women in the country and ​The Australian Women’s Weekly and AGL are proud to welcome her on board.

Dame Quentin and Elizabeth Broderick took to the stage for an inspiring Q&A with Virginia Trioli. Dame Quentin spoke of her years as patron. “My engagement with young women,” she said, “is right at the centre of my heart.” Elizabeth Broderick spoke of her enthusiasm for her new role. “We live in challenging times,” she said. “You could almost say we live in dangerous times. But I am determined to ensure that when this period of pushback against women’s rights ends – and it will end – we will have a strong foundation to make sure the future is one where men and women will be able to equally thrive.”

The ​Australian Women’s Weekly ​AGL WoTF initiative is a key component of ​The Weekly’s long-standing commitment to support and promote the female leaders of tomorrow. Nominees are entered across three unique categories: ​Innovation and ​Technology​, Entrepreneur and Business,​ and ​Community, Health and Charity, with the winner of each category receiving $35,000 and a full-page advertisement in ​The Australian Women’s Weekly​ to help further their causes.

18-year-old Macinley Butson took home the ​Innovation and Technology award, thanks to her revolutionary invention SMART Armour that reduces the amount of radiation breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy absorb in their non-cancer-affected breast. Since devising the intricate shield three years ago, Macinley’s SMART Armour has been patented and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Little Dreamers founder, Melbourne’s Madeleine Buchner​, won the judges’ hearts and the Community Health and Charity ​award. After growing up caring for her younger brother and mother, she was spurred to launch Little Dreamers Australia, the country’s only non-profit organisation supporting young carers.

 Young fashion designer and innovator, Courtney Holm, was the winner of the ​Entrepreneur and Business c​ategory. Courtney is tackling waste in fashion through her label, A.BCH, sourcing raw materials from ethical suppliers and educating customers on how to be responsible for their garments. Her recent collection, presented at Helsinki Fashion Week, was entirely circular, generating zero waste.

This year’s particularly tight field of finalists was judged by a panel of Australia’s most influential women – ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson, writer, director, actress and former WoTF winner Genevieve Clay-Smith, OZHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn, ​The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Editor-in-Chief Nicole Byers, and Lisa Harrington, AGL Executive General Manager – Stakeholder Relations.

“We’ve been delighted to collaborate with the wonderful team at ​The Australian Women’s Weekly ​for another year, on their prestigious program, Women of the Future,” says AGL Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett. “By recognising the entrepreneurial spirit of young Australian women, these awards provide more opportunities for the next generation of innovators and disruptors –- progress we can all benefit from.”

Editor-in-Chief Nicole Byers is proud of the 2019 WoTF campaign, saying: “The calibre of award entries continues to blow us away. The 2019 finalists have a special combination of creativity, innovation and smarts and while they’ve already achieved success in their respective fields, there is a sense that they’re only just getting started which is truly exciting.

“I’d like to sincerely thank AGL, our patron and the award judges, panellists and of course, the finalists, for allowing ​The Weekly to keep telling the stories of Australian women. We look forward to continuing to uncover and reward young women who will shape the future of Australia.”

Helping to celebrate one of the closest-run competition in the award’s history were many of Australia’s most interesting and influential women, including Kate Ritchie, Tracey Spicer, Maggie Beer, Leila McKinnon, Christine Forster, Wendy Harmer, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Deborah Hutton, Wendy Whiteley, Michelle Bridges and Sarah Harris.

The October issue of ​The Australian Women’s Weekly​, featuring the AGL Women of the Future Awards winners is now on sale. ​#womenofthefuture19

Source: Womens Weekly Women of The Future

Full Cast Announcement: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have now confirmed 1521 cast for Sydney’s upcoming production, in a new record as the largest Tattoo ever in its 69-year history.

Unrivalled in its pageantry, this historic Tattoo will play four shows at ANZ Stadium 17 – 19 October 2019.

Over 14 nations from around the world will be represented, boasting traditional uniforms and colourful costumes, including the UK, Switzerland, France, India, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia as well as for the first time ever, acts from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu.

Set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Scottish spectacular will feature 33 musical, cultural and military groups, including:

15 files of proud and traditional-tartan-wearing Pipers and Drummers, 11 highly-spirited Military Bands,
40 amazingly deft Precision Marchers,
40 Fiddlers, guaranteed to break your heart,
7 Pacific Nations poised to share their culture through performance,
40 awe-inspiring Maori Kapa Haka performers,
100 Highland Tattoo Dancers,
40 of the Australian Defence Forces’ finest and funkiest musicians making up the House Band, 40 singers representing Gondwana Choirs,
Australia’s Federation Guard featuring 100 celebrated serving personnel, and Australian Indigenous Song Men and dancers.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Producer and CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said “I am delighted with the extraordinary focus, imagination and hard work that has been put in by so many people to bring the Tattoo to Sydney. Whilst we have brought the best of our own pipers, drummers, military musicians, traditional artists and dancers to join up with your own formidable talent, I hope you will be further enthralled by the colour, sounds and traditions that we have gathered from around the world.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP said it’s a spectacle not to be missed. “The staging of the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever in our great Harbour City reinforces Sydney’s reputation as a truly global city. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to witness an event of this scale and prestige.”

The Sydney 2019 season will feature all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event, including world-class pipes and drums, military marching, catchy traditional and contemporary tunes and breath-taking special effects. Tickets for this extraordinary theatrical event can now be purchased online through Ticketek.

Source: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 

Specsavers Spring / Summer '19 Collections Launch in Sydney

The Spring/Summer ‘19 Specsavers collection has been unveiled by Stig Engelbreth Hansen, the Global Head of Product Design for Specsavers.

He explained “Over the past few years, we’ve seen sunglasses get a complete makeover and this season they’re going from a supporting to a starring role. We are seeing customers moving away from more functional styles to more statement-making pieces that express individualism.”

With over 100 sunglasses launching throughout the season, key trends include XL oversized square frames, cat-eye sunglasses with sharp angles and acetate colours in shades of pink and rich and earthy browns.

“Vintage inspired, the return of oversized square frames is both glamourous and statement-making. Practical and trendy, these frames are ideal for the summer months, offering protection from the sun’s rays. The classic cat-eye is also getting a funkier look this season. A fashionable favourite for decades they aren’t going out of style any time soon. A cat-eye pair of sunglasses will always have you looking stylish by the pool or on the beach,” commented Stig.

The Spring/Summer ‘19 sunglasses collection is filled with designer collaborations and Specsavers’ own ranges. Highlights include a feminine take on the XL oversized square trend from Australian designer Carla Zampatti.

Sunglasses ranges from Australian designers Kym Ellery, Alex Perry and Collette Dinnigan showcase the best of the summer trends. While pop princess and Specsavers designer, Kylie Minogue, will also be launching a new range which features a pair of retro cat-eye shaped sunglasses in black with glitter cut-out detail.

Joining the Specsavers designer portfolio are Dutch duo Viktor&Rolf who will launch three sunglasses styles as part of their new exclusive collection, coming soon to Specsavers. Expect a collection that is a manifestation of Viktor&Rolf’s design aesthetics and brand values; unexpected elegance, conceptual glamour and provocative couture.

“When it comes to choosing sunglasses, my tip is to find the right ones for you and your wardrobe and then make them work with your individual style. Sunglasses might be a small accessory, but they can have a large impact on your look.While fashionable they are also practical and offer great UV protection. Lastly go for polarised lenses, it’s an option you’ll want: Polarising cuts the glare and is a must for the Australian summer,” said Stig.

Priced from $199 for two styles, ranges will launch throughout the Spring/Summer ‘19 season and will be available online and across Specsavers stores nationwide.

Source: Specsavers


The House of Givenchy has revealed its new face – a strong, independent woman of refreshing character and style: the multi-talented Ariana Grande.

“I am so proud to be the new face of Givenchy. It is a House I have forever admired and to now be part of that family is such an honor.” – Ariana Grande

As seen on the runway, this season’s ‘GV Midnight’ women’s style is an of-the-moment take on the mask frame, crafted in lightweight metal with a single lens bridging the nose and featuring a constellation of Swarovski crystals over the brow.

Source: Givenchy

Wedgwood Afternoon Tea in the Botanic Gardens

Wedgwood has celebrated the coming arrival of spring, and 260 phenomenal years with an unforgettable afternoon tea.

Wedgwood’s Wild Strawberry Gold, Vera Wang Jardin, White Folia and Globe stemware and flatware collections were stars of the spectacular table setting, as Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden’s heritage Palm House was transformed, inviting everyone into a wonderful world of Wedgwood.

Guests, including Sydney socialite Tash Sefton sipped on Mumm champagne, downed beautifully garnished Hendrick’s gin and Fever-Tree tonic cocktails and dined on Sydney’s most delicious afternoon tea menu, provided by the Langham’s brand new Kitchen on Kent restaurant.

The baby’s breath floral cloud installation by Bloomy’s was one never to be forgotten, and the carpets by Cadry’s completely elevated the Palm House’s interior.

Guests all went home with a fabulous gift bag, filled with Wedgwood fine china and tea, as well as Sisley’s limited edition spring packaging Ecological Compound.

Source: Wedgwood